Category Archives: Tactics

PSG 1 Lyon 1: The 4-3-3 Conundrum

It’s been no secret that the two sides involve in this match have had disappointing starts to the French domestic season. PSG as it stands right now are sitting out of a European spot (I know, only six games in, … Continue reading

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Arsenal 2 Manchester City 2: The Return of the 4-2-3-1

Manchester City last season played the majority of their season in a 4-4-2 formation with two of Dzeko/Negredo/Aguero up top, sometimes even deviating into a 4-4-1-1 formation when Aguero was fit for the beginning of the season. Under Roberto Mancini, City … Continue reading

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Three Questions: Arsenal v. Manchester City

Where does Ozil play? And will he be effective? After registering 25 appearances at CAM in Arsenal’s 4231 last season, Arsene Wenger has used Ozil as a LM in his two appearances for Arsenal this year. Being forced out wide … Continue reading

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Manchester City 2, Liverpool 1: A State Of Change

Fernando and Yaya Toure’s midfield relationship from Newcastle carried over against Liverpool. Fernando’s main job was to be apply pressure on whoever had the ball in the midfield, not allowing the trio of Gerrard, Allen and Henderson to have much … Continue reading

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Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla: Ronaldo Brace Highlights Comfortable Super Cup Win

The 2014 UEFA Super Cup paled in comparison to the 2013 edition. Guess not every Super Cup can be a two-hour thriller that determines a young Belgian star’s future. Real Madrid established itself early on as the dominant side and … Continue reading

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Liverpool Formation Possibilities: A Return to Normalcy

There was a certain high wire act that came to be associated with Liverpool Football Club, a team that at times played as if they were football’s equivalent of “The Greatest Show on Turf”. Defense was an afterthought to Liverpool, as … Continue reading

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Germany 7 Brazil 1: In Defense of David Luiz… Kind of

There’s no way to sugar coat what happened between Brazil and Germany on Tuesday afternoon. It was ugly, horrific and more than anything, the defeat will carry long-term ramifications for Brazilian football, the current state and all sorts of goodies … Continue reading

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USA 2 Portugal 2: The Miracle on Grass was Denied

The title itself is a bit of a misnomer but I just wanted to use it to give myself the excuse of playing this clip: I can just imagine Jurgen Klinsmann channelling the late Herb Brooks before kickoff against Ronaldo … Continue reading

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USA 2 Ghana 1: SUPERPOWER SUPERPOWER USA! SUPERPOWER SUPERPOWER USA!

On the balance of play the USA were not exemplary, with Ghana picking apart the USA through DeMarcus Beasley’s inadequacies at left back and the midfield being completely overwhelmed. The second half itself made the disparity between the two teams … Continue reading

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Argentina 2 Bosnia & Herzegovina 1: Lionel Messi and the mess that is legacies

  I know that as writers we have to be impartial (Ha!) and not have a rooting interest, but I must say that I’m so thankful to see Messi score a goal in this year’s world cup. Not that I … Continue reading

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